[Engadget] Path app spamming users’ contacts with texts, robocalls~Reviews~Evaluation

Engadget post time: May 01, 2013 at 06:10AM

The social messaging app Path recently announced that it’s gaining a million users each week, but it may be using some spam-like methods to achieve that growth. Several users — and several Engadget staffers — have reported that the app has been sending smartphone contacts unwanted text messages, a problem that was first pinpointed several months ago. Contacts on the receiving end have seen messages stating that a friend wants to share photos with them, with a prompt to sign up for Path’s service. According to a source who spoke with The Verge, Path has also triggered robocalls to contact lists — even after uninstalling the app. Last year, the company came under fire for collecting contact info sans users’ consent– leading to an $800,000 settlement with the FTC — and we imagine this new privacy snafu won’t be without consequences, either.

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